[Contents] - [Next
Page] - [Previous Page]
UNICEF and the stars
For most of its 50 years, UNICEF has benefited greatly from the support of
internationally known personalities. Danny Kaye pioneered the role, as UNICEF's
first Ambassador at large. For over three decades, beginning in 1953, he helped
represent UNICEF and the needs of children in the international community.
Audrey Hepburn also served as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, from 1988 until her untimely
death in January 1993. Her deeply sensitive appeals for children while visiting
Ethiopia, Somalia and the Sudan cannot be forgotten.
UNICEF now has five Goodwill Ambassadors, personal representatives of the
UNICEF Executive Director, volunteering their time and talents to draw the
public's attention to the needs of children.
Photo: Harry Belafonte, who works tirelessly on behalf of
children, visited Rwanda in 1994. ©
- Sir Peter Ustinov -- Goodwill Ambassador for over 25 years, he has won
awards for his uniquely entertaining UNICEF public service announcements and for
special documentaries on the situation of children in China and Russia. He
represents UNICEF in numerous forums.
- Liv Ullmann -- One of the first outsiders to visit refugee camps in
Kampuchea in 1979, she also helped draw attention to a little-publicized famine
in Ethiopia when she was photographed with children there in the mid-1980s. She
continues her advocacy for children.
- Tetsuko Kuroyanagi -- A well-known Japanese television personality, she has
raised more than US$20 million in Japan through programmes about the
UNICEF-supported projects she has visited.
- Harry Belafonte -- A strong UNICEF voice for Africa in concert appearances
and in special appeals, he has most recently advocated for the children of
- Lord Attenborough -- Became familiar with UNICEF's work while making the
films Gandhi in India and Cry Freedom in South Africa; both have been successful
benefit fund-raisers for UNICEF.
In addition, a number of celebrated actors, artists, singers and sports
figures donate their talents to advocate for children on behalf of UNICEF as
Special Representatives, including:
- Roger Moore -- A tireless advocate for children on many issues, he has
become the major spokesperson for the Kiwanis-UNICEF initiative to eliminate
iodine deficiency disorders (IDD).
Edmund Hillary -- Has been giving special support to the salt iodization
initiative to protect children from IDD in the Himalayas.
- Vanessa Redgrave -- Has raised funds and public awareness for children in
former Yugoslavia through a series of events in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and
Croatia, as well as in London and New York.
- Judy Collins -- Recently visited children in Viet Nam, has also been an
envoy for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, supporting the book I
dream of peace on the wartime experiences of children.
- Imran Khan -- Has used his international profile in cricket to support
health and immunization programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and
- Johann Olav Koss -- The voice of UNICEF's Olympic Aid support programme for
the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
- Mario Kreutzberger -- Includes messages for UNICEF in his popular
television programme 'Sabado Gigante', reaching a huge audience in Latin America
and other Spanish-speaking countries.
Julio Iglesias, Leon Lai, Nana Mouskouri and Youssou N'Dour are other
performers who have given generously of their time and talents in benefit
concerts and appearances for UNICEF.
[Next Page] - [Go to top of
page] - [Previous Page]